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Published Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Piercing Aftercare: 10 Vital Tips for a Healthy Healing Process

Five Things Not to Do with a Fresh Piercing

Hey there! So, you've just gotten a piercing and you're excited about your cool new accessory. But hold on a sec – there are a few things you definitely shouldn't do if you want that piercing to heal up nicely. We're here to guide you through the do's and don'ts, so you can enjoy your fresh piercing without any hiccups.

1. Hands Off!

Listen up – rule number one is hands off! It's super tempting to touch your piercing, but trust us, it's not a good idea. Your hands carry all sorts of bacteria, and messing with your piercing can introduce germs that might lead to an infection. So, keep fingers away from your piercing, especially if you haven't washed your hands.

2. No Twisting Allowed

Here's the deal: there's a myth that twisting your jewelry is necessary to prevent it from getting stuck. Well, guess what? That's a big no-no. Twisting the jewelry can irritate your skin and actually make matters worse. Just leave it be and let your body do its thing – healing up naturally.

3. Say No to Sleeping On It

It might be your favorite sleeping position, but pressing your fresh piercing against your pillow can slow down the healing process. Try your best to avoid sleeping directly on it. If it's an ear piercing, you might want to consider sleeping on the other side for a while.

4. Hands Off the Crusties

We get it – those little crusties that form around your piercing can be annoying. But resist the urge to pick them off! During your cleaning routine, they'll soften up and come off naturally. Picking at them can cause irritation and even introduce infection-causing bacteria.

5. Patience with Jewelry Changes

We know you're eager to switch out your jewelry and show off your collection, but hold your horses! Changing the jewelry before your piercing is fully healed can lead to complications. It might take a few months, but trust us, it's worth the wait to ensure a smooth healing process.

6. Say "No" to Harsh Chemicals

Avoid using strong chemicals like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Why? They can seriously dry out your piercing and slow down the healing process. Trust me, you don't want that. The best bet? Stick to a simple saline spray. It does the trick and keeps things clean.

7. Beware of Hidden Chemicals

Okay, so we just covered this, but it's super important. Some sneaky products like makeup, lotions, hairspray, and even perfume can be your piercing's worst enemy. They may have ingredients you're not aware of, and that's a risk not worth taking.

8. Keep Clear of Water Bodies

Whether it's a beach day or a hot tub chill session, remember to protect your piercing. Pools, beaches, lakes, and hot tubs can be full of bacteria ready to mess up your piercing's day. It's a bummer, but skipping a few dips can save you a lot of trouble.

9. Avoid Unnecessary Trauma

Look, we all have our clumsy moments, but now's the time to be extra careful. Things like snagging your piercing on your clothes or getting hit while in a basketball game? Not fun. Keep your new piercing safe from potential mishaps.

10. Mind Your Food (and Drinks!)

If you've gone for an oral piercing, here's a quick heads-up. Spicy or sour foods? Maybe skip them for a bit. Super-hot drinks? Proceed with caution. And sharing utensils? Nope, it's a big no-no unless you fancy someone else's germs.

Remember, taking care of your fresh piercing is like taking care of a new plant – you need to be patient and gentle. Follow these simple tips and you'll be rocking your awesome piercing in no time!

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